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    A Makarov gun at the Nizhny Novgorod location where a suspected terrorist who was planning an act of terror on the day of the presidential election was neutralized by the Federal Security Service (FSB) personnel

    Russia's FSB Neutralizes Daesh Member Who Plotted Terror Attack on Election Day

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    A powerful improvised explosive device, components for making several more explosive devices, as well as firearms and ammunition had been found at the scene.

    The Russian Federal Security Service has announced that it neutralized a Daesh member, who plotted a terrorist attack on the presidential election day in the city of Nizhny Novgorod.

    "Russia’s FSB suppressed the activity of a member of the international terrorist organization Islamic State [Daesh], banned in Russia, who was preparing a terrorist attack in Nizhny Novgorod. The culprit, who put up armed resistance during the detention, was killed by the FSB special forces."

    The suspect possessed a powerful improvised explosive device, firearms and munition, the FSB stated.

    According to the FSB, the terrorist suspect is a citizen of one of the neighboring countries.

    No further details have been immediately available.

    READ MORE: Putin Backs Harsher Penalties, Including Life Sentences, for Terror Recruiters

    On December 27, an explosion, which was declared a terrorist attack by President Vladimir Putin, occurred at a grocery store in St. Petersburg, leaving at least 13 injured. The same month, the Russian security services foiled another terrorist attack in the city thanks to US intelligence data shared by the CIA. The Kremlin has described the help in foiling the attack as an "exemplary model of the bilateral cooperation in the fight against terrorism."

    In the wake of the St. Pete blast, Putin approved a law introducing harsher penalties, including life sentences, for terrorist recruitment in late December.

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    terrorist attack, presidential election, Daesh, FSB, Russia, Nizhny Novgorod
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